Jen Berbas

Jen Berbas

REALTOR®

Fluent in:
  • Greek

Jen has been a proud Austinite since 1996. Originally, Jen came to Austin to attend UT, and after a few brief stints in Chicago and Minneapolis, she came back as soon she could. Now she lives in her favorite place on earth (except maybe a Greek Island) and feels so incredibly lucky to be here.

Jen’s background in finance, first as a trader and then working in the credit markets, laid the groundwork for a career in real estate and informs much of her work. She has an affinity for Excel and an excellent grasp on the real estate market and investments. Don't be surprised if you're shopping for investment property and you receive a spreadsheet!

In 2000, Jen bought a home in Austin with an eye toward building a personal portfolio. In 2007 she received her real estate license, and in 2012 she made the jump to real estate full time. When Jen started to purchase, rehab, and invest in properties in Austin, she learned about common issues found in central Austin homes and how to solve them. She loves passing on this knowledge and working with people new to Austin; it gives her an opportunity to be a tour guide in her favorite city and show buyers the corners of town that will fit them best. For buyers hailing from New York and Chicago, her time spent in these cities provides her with unique insight on urban condo living.

Jen’s experience as a three-time Iron Man Triathlon finisher has really shaped the kind of focus and discipline she brings to any project - she enjoys helping buyers focus on their long-term real estate and financial goals. When Jen is not geeking out on a spreadsheet, or some great 1940's house that just hit the market, she can usually be found at Radio Coffee, the pottery studio, running around Town Lake, or playing with her dogs and enjoying this amazing city we’re all so lucky to call home.

Milestones

  • Realty Austin Diamond Club $10M+ Top Producer 2017

August 2017

We are a family with a toddler, buying our first home while being in Germany. We lived in Austin two years ago, so we knew the town. But we had no chance to visit Austin before the move, and we knew that the price could only go up and up, so we wanted to buy quickly. Thus we needed an agent whom we could trust 101%. And luckily we found Jen! She is above and beyond all expectations. She is responsive, patient, super knowledgeable, and very honest. She told us her honest opinion. She took information videos of the house, and we didn't feel the need to visit! It took us three bids to win, and we are super happy about our house. Jen saved us TONS of money. Firstly, she said from the start "the house is overpriced, I'd like to see you guys get it for less" (and so we submitted a lower bid and indeed was accepted!). Then she recommended a great inspector and plumber, who did thorough examinations of the place. When we experienced delays in moving, Jen even checked on the house for us. If we ever need to sell our place, we would certainly contact Jen again!

Ngoc and Joe

June 2017

We sold our home the first weekend on MLS with Jen Berbas. She did a great job from the initial listing through the closing. Jen is very knowledgeable of the Austin downtown market, and we worked together to price the property aggressively to drive traffic and obtain a contract. Jen's previous experience as a money manager was helpful in managing the process. This is the 2nd time using Realty Austin and both times received excellent service.

G. H.

June 2017

We feel very lucky to have found Jen and cannot praise her enough! Before Jen, we met several other agents at open houses. However, Jen was the first Realtor who really listened to what we wanted and did not just make assumptions about us and our plans. Her knowledge of Austin and its neighborhoods was extremely helpful to us in the process of buying our house. She has lived and worked here for a long time, so she is very well connected. She recommended a thorough home inspector and other good businesses to us. Her experience of working in the finance industry enables her to help you find the best financial deal for your goals. She takes a quantitative approach and is always ready to explain what she identifies as the best strategy. Being as great at her job as she is, Jen must have a number of happy costumers at a time. However, she manages to make you feel like you’re her only and most important customer. You never wait long for a reply at any time of the day, and she seems to be able to always arrange her schedule to meet at times most convenient to you. Even after our purchase she regularly checked in with us to see how our remodeling was going, giving us some very helpful advice. Jen is just such a great person! While looking at many different houses might not always be fun, you’ll find yourself looking forward to it because you get to hang out and chat with Jen!

Andrew Watson

June 2017

The problem with all of these review sites is that they only allow you to give five stars. If I gave just half a star for each of the countless times Jen went above and beyond for us; I'd fill those five stars and still need more (we will obviously still give the maximum allowable rating on each of the sites you recommend). And, of course, Jen will be the first person we recommend to anyone we know interested in buying or selling a home (and will be the first person we contact when/if we are interested in selling or renting this home). Jen's extensive knowledge of the market and in the process made us feel comfortable with all of the decisions she helped us think through. Because she often went the extra mile and told us about both the good and bad sides of things we gained a real trust in her quickly. One good example was; after we had been searching for some time and we found a house we liked that was under our budget! However, there were some major structural issues which at the time we didn't understand the complexity of. Jen quickly steered us away from that property when she could have easily encouraged us to buy it so she could get more commission. Though we are first time home buyers, I don't expect that is common. Jen was also extremely personable and able to connect with both my wife and I on different levels. She could talk about the math and finance stuff with me and about the less quantitative stuff with my wife. She was always responsive to our many questions. Jen went the extra mile for us, but one major one was helping us refute our appraisal. She canceled meetings to put together a presentation for the appraiser and ended up saving us money. We really appreciate all of the work that went into this and are only disappointed that we won't be able to see Jen on a weekly basis anymore.

John and Julie Meakin

June 2017

Jen Berbas was a spectacular agent for my wife and I on our hunt for a "getaway" condo downtown. We explained our interests, needs, parameters, and she quickly introduced us to several great options. Her technology platform is AAA+, which economized and streamlined both the search and the closing process. Like most, we are busy people, and her efficiency and quick translation of our interests into choices mean we did not waste a second of our time.

Robert M.

May 2017

I was extremely fortunate to have met Jen Berbas and enlisted her support in selling my house. I met several Realtors when I was first considering selling my house and they were all knowledgeable, but the moment I met Jen I knew I had found a trusted advisor.

What sets Jen apart from the crowd:

  • She knows the ins-and-outs of the Austin real estate market and neighborhoods (both "old" Austin and "new" Austin)
  • She gets to know what you want and why you want it and helps guide you through the process of positioning your property to get the best outcome
  • She has an extensive support network of surveyors, inspectors, staging experts, cleaning crews, trades, etc. to engage if needed based on your needs. She's a one-stop shop!
  • She's extremely responsive and always makes time to respond to texts, emails, phone calls. It feels like you're her only client.
  • She's extremely thorough. You always know exactly where you stand in the process and what you need for the next step.

On the surface when you engage a Realtor, you are buying or selling a house. But under the surface, it's more than just the house. It's your family and your home and you're going through a major change that is both stressful and thrilling. Jen "gets" this. Her focus is on you and helping you get the best result as smoothly as possible.

Mike C.

May 2017

Jen is wonderful! We worked with another realtor before Jen, and the experiences were night and day. Jen is SO knowledgeable about home buying, home repairs, the crazy Austin market, and everything between. She is always available by phone, text, email, or in person to answer questions. We put in 4 offers total, finally snagging our current home. She never made us feel like we needed to offer more than we wanted or move in a house that wasn't perfect for us. More importantly than all of that, Jen is a good person with wonderful character. She is honest and has values that display what you'd want in someone who is helping you navigate such a complex process. She is a true gem!

Claire Godfrey

April 2017

Jen was the greatest. I can't even think of any constructive criticism. I encountered Jen when she was representing someone else. I was so impressed by her organizational skills and quick grasp of things that I ended my relationship with another realtor and hired Jen. Jen did everything right.

Cynthia Woelk

March 2017

We were really happy with our experience with Jen Berbas and will gladly recommend her!

Andrew Watson

February 2017

Amanda and I adore Jen. She has been absolutely wonderful throughout this whole process. She is eminently competent, she is genuine, and at each step she made certain we felt comfortable and cared for. We’ve worked with a number of real estate agents over the years - to be fair, all in New York City and all dealing with rental properties - and we have never before had such an overwhelmingly positive experience.

Ben Truppin-Brown

Jen went above and beyond in every way. She was always accommodating to when and what we needed. She had incredible knowledge of school districts, integrity of the home build, and was a wiz at numbers. She made buying a home in the fast pace Austin market enjoyable and quite easy. We'd use her again and again.

Bethany J.

Jen is an absolute gem. We feel so lucky that we found her during our Austin home search. She helped us to get the house that every other agent told us was not possible through her persistence, experience in the market, and professionalism.

My husband and I currently live overseas, and Jen was always super responsive regardless of the time difference and made herself available to accommodate our time schedule, even after hours - if that even exists in Jen's world! I'm not sure she ever stops working!

Jen made us feel so comfortable and shared her knowledge throughout every step of the buying process, making sure we were informed and confident with each decision made. And stepped in to push others along throughout the process.

I truly cannot recommend Jen highly enough. Not only was she a great agent, but I feel we have also made a great friend in Austin. Can't wait to be neighbors! :)

Christine P.

Jen was amazing. As a first time homebuyer, I was nervous about the whole process, but she made it easy, and she was very knowledgeable and explained everything. I feel she was more stressed about things than we were. I highly recommend, and will use her again in the future. Thanks, Jen!!

Corey C.

All Hail Jennifer, of House Berbas, The Saver of Lives, First of Her Name, Queen of South Austin, her Grace the Ruler of all Real Estate, Breaker of Chains, the Unburnt, P0wner of the House of Tech, Lord Protectress of the Southern Realms, the runner, the biker & the swimmer! HAIL!

Jen saved my freakin' life. I got into a bad spot in my house and my life, Jen got me a bloody great deal on my house, so I could move, put my kid thru college and save some shred of dignity to boot. All Hail Queen Jen!

Sam W.

Jen was amazing! I was a first time home buyer and she walked me through all the steps, answered all of my questions in detail and with enthusiasm. She genuinely had my interests at heart. Throughout the process, she was extremely responsive to my texts/calls, listened to and followed up on all of my concerns and kept things moving along smoothly.

Jen was very knowledgeable of the Austin area. She was well informed about what was coming up next and what would be a good fit for my needs.

When it came to the negotiations, she was very good about guiding me through the process. She was also respectful enough to let me have the final say without being pushy. Ultimately, she helped significantly in getting me a deal that I was more than happy with. I would definitely recommend Jen and would gladly seek her help in the future!

Andrew M.

Jen came highly recommended, and it didn't take long to figure out why. She's easily the most knowledgeable and professional agent I've worked with. She asked the questions we didn't know to ask. She dug up information on Austin properties like a seasoned detective. Tireless. Tenacious. Responsive. Respectful. All of her advice was spot on. And, when we finally found the perfect house, her roster of inspectors helped assure us that we'd made the right decision. I cannot recommend Jen highly enough. If we hadn't found our forever home, it would be a pleasure to work with her again.

Scott M.

Jen started working with me at the start of my home buying process. She was a wealth of information when it came to the Austin area and answered all my "Austin transplant" questions about neighborhoods. I was pleasantly surprised when on one occasion she took one look at a neighborhood we had a home to look at in and turned the car around saying it would not be a good fit. Honesty in an agent! She walked me through pros and cons of homes and pointed out potential issues instead of pushing me to settle. Once I decided on a neighborhood I felt was "home" Jen helped me through the process of giving an offer, losing an offer, and finding another home. She has been there from day one through the closing checking in and working around my hectic and unpredictable work schedule, often responding to emails early in the morning or late at night.

Danuta G.

I met Jen through Zillow when I started my Condo search. Frankly, I had no clue what I was looking for. Jen helped me understand the concept and process of home ownership. From day one, she was available to help me through the process. As a first time home buyer, the process was very new and I  thought it will be very stressful with my work schedule. But Jen made it very comfortable.

She is very knowledgeable and insightful about homes in the Austin area. It took only a few months of searching until I decided on a condo. And in this fast moving and competitive market, I am happy that Jen made the contract process very smooth.

She is very diligent and was always on top of things during the contract period. She is very accessible and quick in responding to any of my questions (also she is good at mental math). Her first-hand experience in buying houses and dealing with tough situations helped me many times.

Lastly, she provided with all the essential contact information (lenders, Home inspectors, Insurance and so on) who are the best in the business. I would highly recommend working with Jen and her team for buying your new house. I am really excited to start living in my new condo!

Abhiman K.

As indicated by the previous reviews, Jen knows Austin inside out. She's also an amazing analyst and risk manager. She builds solid, lasting relationships quickly - with condo representatives, loan providers, staging folks and trade folks to help with remodeling.  

My husband and I have an ongoing search for a downtown property (condo or house), and Jen set us up to receive updates based on our criteria and graciously takes us to see properties when one interests us. You cannot find a better combination of Austin expertise, real estate savvy and an overall great person.

Amy L.

We are first time buyers and have recently moved to Austin. Jen was randomly assigned to us through Zillow and we are very happy with the match. Our first showing was a condo with Jen as well as the listing agent. I was immediately impressed by Jen with her knowledge of the area and by the questions she posed to my husband and I and to the listing agent. Ultimately, we did not buy that condo but we kept Jen as our agent.

Since we are new transplants to the Austin area, Jen has been instrumental in helping us narrow down the neighborhoods. She provided us with information on community events and schools so we can talk to and experience each area. Jen also made sure she was available every weekend for showings since that was the only time we could spare to search for homes. Another thing that was very helpful was that Jen has first-hand knowledge with older homes and gave honest and realistic advice on each home.

So after 5 months and maybe 20-25 houses, we were able to find the perfect home in a great area. Since this area is very competitive Jen acted very quickly with all offers and paperwork so we can secure this house before anyone else can swoop in. She also provided us with a list of essential contacts (i.e. Home Inspector, Lender, Plumber, and structural engineer) so the option period and closing process go smoothly. Now we are a week from our closing date and my family and I can not wait till that house is officially ours. Also, she still makes herself available to open the house to us so we can meet with contractors and designers there so we can start the remodeling process as soon as possible.

Also, Jen is great with our two young boys. Our kids came to every showing and Jen would entertain them so my husband and I can focus on the house.

Grace M.

I don't think we could have made a better choice in choosing Jen as our real estate professional. Jen has years of personal experience investing for herself and her clients, which was invaluable in the discussion of our purchase. She placed a strong emphasis on numbers and objective decision making when selecting a property while remaining sensitive to our subjective tastes. This was invaluable when it came time to justify our offer to the sellers. From the prompt off-hours email replies to the contractor suggestions for post-purchase work to the advice on factors to consider, Jen offered us unrivaled personalized service. Halfway through the first meeting, we felt like we had an expert friend guiding us through the process and considerations. All of this made buying our new home both less stressful and more trusting. Finally (and this was certainly not the case with other agents we talked to and rejected!), Jen addressed my partner as an equal in this decision and didn't just assume I was making the decisions and footing the bill because I was the man in the room. Jen gets top marks from us and I highly recommend you go with her if you're in the market for a property of any kind.

Tony V.

The idea of buying my own place always terrified me, and realistically, I thought I was at least 5 years away from doing so. Thankfully, I had someone like Jen to help me through the process and show me that it's not as scary as it seems. She is a natural teacher and explained everything to me in great detail. She pointed out what to look for and consider and helped me find a great new place to call home! It also helps that she has tons of home buying experience in the area and knows the ins-and-outs of the process as well as anyone in Austin.

What always impressed me was how quickly she was to respond to my endless questions through text, email, or phone calls. She definitely made herself available and accommodated my busy work schedule. I truly value her advice and expertise and highly recommend her to anyone looking for a new home.

Lee Roy C.

Jen has been such a guide during my first home purchase. She understands real estate and especially the Austin market deeply and sees it from a great investment perspective. She was very quick to identify condos in the area in the price range, size and quality that I was interested in. Jen is extremely responsive and shared many valuable ideas in the home buying process. I would recommend Jen to any friend or stranger!

Carolyn U.

Jen has helped me rent my house out and even helped deal with a tenant that backed out at the last minute. I am very satisfied with my experience and would (and currently do) recommend her to any of my friends in need of expert help in the Austin area.

Matt C.

We bought a home with Jen about a month ago, and the entire process was great with her. We actually contacted her months before we would be ready to buy a house because we wanted to get a feel for the market, and she was happy to work with us. She showed us houses right away and made it possible for us to watch houses on her system until we were ready. All throughout she talked with us about the long-term value of different houses and why some things may or may not be good investments. She was always very prompt to respond. She was great with our young children and even played with them during the closing so that we could focus on the paperwork. Overall we are very happy with our experience and would not only recommend her but will contact her for any future home purchases we make.

Stephanie T.

My husband and I worked with Jen to find our first house as a married couple, and we cannot rave about Jen enough. I'll recommend her to people forever and will definitely be using her again in the future.  

Jen was so great to work with because she was genuinely interested in us finding something we were happy with, and she was in no way in a hurry to make us buy anything quickly. She would meet us at almost any time, any day, always texts and calls back within minutes and got just as excited about places as we did. It doesn't hurt that she does home renovating and income properties on her own as well, so we were a great fit for her! She is also incredibly knowledgeable about everything from building codes, to city ordinances, to return on investment, to building secondary units, to income properties to... you name it. She was a wealth of information and resources for us and still is now that we're in our home and are continually looking for recommended contractors. She even helped us find a free refrigerator after she found us our perfect first home.

Everyone in Austin, especially those interested in income properties or flipping/fixer-uppers, should use Jen. She got us a great deal and was so fun to work with. A+++ from the Sandersons!

Catherine S.

Jen was the perfect realtor for me because of her patience, ability to explain the home buying process, her knowledge of the Austin market, and relentless effort to find the right house for me.

As a first time homebuyer, I went into the process feeling a little clueless and uncertain. Jen was able to help me identify what the priorities for my search were and then found numerous listings that fit my criteria. I was not in a rush to find a home and this didn’t bother her at all. Rather, she utilized this extra time to educate me on the process and about real estate investing in general. This gave me confidence that I’d be able to find a place that was right for me.

The bidding process was intimidating at first, but when I started to find places that felt like the right fit, Jen set clear and reasonable expectations for writing offers and negotiating. After spending multiple weekends showing me homes, she called me up with the news that a home hit the market that not only fit my criteria, but was also located in a neighborhood I love but didn’t think I could afford. We saw the house the next day, made an offer, and got the place! 4 months later, I’m happy to say that I made a great choice.

I learned so much while working with Jen that my friends often come to ME now for real estate advice! Thanks, Jen, for being on my team and making my first house a big win!

Irene G.

I, in the last year, was really thinking about buying a house. The more and more I thought about it, the more and more I wanted one. It was the right time for me to go through the process. I  searched and reviewed and searched again, I was never a Yelp user, but finding the right realtor, I found on Yelp. Once that was done, I was ready to go. Now, in comes Jen Berbas. I am super glad I got to meet Jen and have her bring me through a big chunk of the process. She assisted me with finding homes I was interested in and then took me out to see them.  

What I thought was cool, is after I had chosen some, we went out on the hunt, we looked at many houses and some were great and others I knew were a pass upon stepping in the door. Also, Jen used her knowledge and assisted me in things to look for, think about and check when looking at these places. I could tell from listening to her talk about realty and these houses, the passion for it. I think that is why I enjoyed this process so much because I fed off the passion she had for doing this sort of thing.

I had actually found a place that, I thought, was great for me. I ended up going through the process of hiring an inspector, it wasn't until after that, I started to feel regret. I felt in my heart it just was no longer the place. I was extremely embarrassed to tell Jen, but I ended up writing a novel why I didn't like it, lol.  

Jen contacted me again and we went to look at more places, I finally found a great house I was extremely interested in. It had checked all the boxes in my must-haves and wants (which is awesome). We put in the offer and because of the previous house details I went through, I knew 100% that this was the one I wanted.

The communication in this whole this was the highest rating I could ever give. Every phone call answered or responded to quick, however my primary and preferred method, email, was always responded too, I don't have a single email I sent that wasn't answered. Also texts, I am a data guy, so I prefer email/text and it exceeded my expectations.

Fast-Forward a few months later and I am loving this place. I know I made the right choice, no regrets and I really want to thank you, Jen, for all of your help. I couldn't have seen myself do this journey with another realtor.

Byron W.

I have utilized Jen since we moved to Austin in 2008 and have never thought of using any other agent for sales, purchases and rentals. You will not be disappointed!

Margaret C.

Jen was incredibly helpful and knowledgeable when I bought my first home. Not only was she very analytical about the pros/cons of a purchase, but she offered her personal advice and shared her experiences as well. It's easy to find realtors who just open lockboxes these days, but if you want someone who goes the extra mile, is responsive, and truly cares about your buy/sell, Jen is your gal. She's extremely knowledgeable in real estate investing as well, as she personally has experience in it. I would recommend Jen in a heartbeat!

Asma A.

Jen is a math wizard and has years of industry experience in finance. She understands real estate and has a wealth of knowledge to share with her clients. I trust her judgment and she is extremely honest. She is not going to make a sale unless she would feel comfortable buying or selling it herself. It's worth your time and investment to work with Jen!

Connie K.

Jen took the time to understand what was important to me and helped translate this into an area of Austin that met my lifestyle, budget and long-term investment goals - I really did find the perfect home and was thrilled with the whole experience with Jen from start to finish. She is extremely knowledgeable of the entire area, helped educate me on important considerations for a solid home and/or what it would take to get it there, very responsive, great negotiator (she really stood up for what was right for me, not just eager to make a sale) and just a great person to be with during the process. I had such a great experience that I also reached out to Jen when I was interested in selling. Again she was very knowledgeable on what needed to be done to show all the great qualities of the home and the overall process in general from start to finish. I would highly recommend Jen to anyone looking for that perfect home, or ready to sell and move to the next perfect home!

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Jen Berbas' Listings

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1703 Garner Ave - MLS# 7164966
  • $1,390,000
  • Active
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  • MLS® #: 7164966 
  • Barton Heights B
  • 1703 Garner Ave
  • Austin, TX 78704
  •   5 BD 4 BA 3049 Sq Ft 0.2 AC
  • Residential
Office: Realty Austin
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2905 Oak Park Dr - MLS# 6346189
  • $620,000
  • Active
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  • MLS® #: 6346189 
  • Barton Hills
  • 2905 Oak Park Dr
  • Austin, TX 78704
  •   3 BD 2 BA 1666 Sq Ft 0.28 AC
  • Residential
Office: Realty Austin
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731 Patterson Ave - MLS# 4210734
  • $560,000
  • Active
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  • MLS® #: 4210734 
  • Clarksville
  • 731 Patterson Ave
  • Austin, TX 78703
  •   2 BD 3 BA 1624 Sq Ft 0.04 AC
  • Residential
Office: Realty Austin
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Jen Berbas' Sold Listings

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5010 Timberline - listing ID# 103240
  • $3,100,000
  • Sold
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  • MLS® #: 103240 
  • Rollingwood
  • 5010 Timberline
  • Austin, TX 78746
  •   5 BD 6 BA 4568 Sq Ft 0.34 AC
  • Residential
  • Seller Represented
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98 San Jacinto Blvd #2404 - MLS# 4485603
  • $1,190,000
  • Sold
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  • MLS® #: 4485603 
  • Town Lake Residences Condo
  • 98 San Jacinto Blvd #2404
  • Austin, TX 78701
  •   2 BD 3 BA 1378 Sq Ft 0.01 AC
  • Residential
  • Buyer Represented
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603 Davis St #1903 - MLS# 2142852
  • $702,500
  • Sold
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  • MLS® #: 2142852 
  • The Shore
  • 603 Davis St #1903
  • Austin, TX 78701
  •   2 BD 3 BA 1699 Sq Ft 0.01 AC
  • Residential
  • Seller Represented
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2611 Pegram Ave - MLS# 6887354
  • $624,000
  • Sold
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  • MLS® #: 6887354 
  • Green Acres
  • 2611 Pegram Ave
  • Austin, TX 78757
  •   4 BD 2 BA 2024 Sq Ft 0.36 AC
  • Residential
  • Seller Represented
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1600 Barton Springs Rd #6101 - MLS# 1599047
  • $496,500
  • Sold
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  • MLS® #: 1599047 
  • Bartonplace Condo
  • 1600 Barton Springs Rd #6101
  • Austin, TX 78704
  •   2 BD 2 BA 1138 Sq Ft 0.02 AC
  • Residential
  • Buyer Represented
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